A local food drive in Sacramento area by Caliber Collision yielded nearly 130,000 meals, contributing to nationwide total of 3.1 million meals to help provide at-risk children with nutritious meals during the summer months.
Caliber’s 5th Annual Rhythm Restoration Food Drive was a grassroots effort by associates at Caliber’s 16 centers in the greater Sacramento area who rallied business partners, customers and the public to donate cash and food for Placer Food Bank and bring awareness to the issue of childhood hunger. Nationwide, the company collected over $334,000 in cash donations and thousands of pounds of food for 37 food banks.
According to Feeding America, 1 in 5 children in the U.S. worry about when they’ll have their next meal. Hunger is especially devastating in childhood -- studies show that proper nutrition is critical to a child’s physical, emotional and learning development. The problem is especially acute during the summer months when at-risk children do not have access to regular school lunch programs.
“Giving back to our local communities is an integral part of Caliber’s core values,” said Steve Grimshaw, Caliber Collision Chief Executive Officer. “I am proud of our 9,000 teammates who worked tirelessly over the three week drive to raise a record breaking amount of meals for kids in need. We thank our business and community partners who have joined with us to restore the rhythm of life for children across the 16 states that Caliber serves.”
About Caliber Collision Centers
Caliber Collision Centers is one of the largest collision repair companies in America with 413 I-CAR Gold Class Professional certified collision repair centers across 16 states. Caliber is consistently ranked among the highest customer satisfaction scores in the industry and backs all repair work with a written, lifetime warranty available at any of its 420 repair centers. For more information about Caliber Collision, please visit our website at www.calibercollision.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Raley’s Family of Fine Stores has announced its decision to eliminate certain Raley’s private label brand soda to advance their vision of health and wellness. This includes all flavors containing high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors, including diet soda varieties.
“This is a bold first step towards improving our private label options for our customers,” said Kevin Curry, Raley’s Senior Vice President, Merchandising & Supply Chain. “Where we have control over our product lines, we want to offer products that reflect our ongoing vision to infuse life with health and happiness. Essentially, we want to make it easier for our customers to make healthier choices.”
A number of studies conducted over the past few decades suggest that consumption of high-fructose corn syrup is connected with health concerns, including a significant risk of weight gain and obesity, an increased risk of developing Type-2 Diabetes, hypertension and elevated “bad” cholesterol levels and liver damage. Raley’s vision is to infuse life with health and wellness. The company strives to educate customers and provide wholesome Raley’s brand options.
Raley’s has discontinued production of private label soda with high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors and will phase-out remaining inventory over the next two-weeks. All Raley’s private label soda with high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors will be out of stock by August 1st.
In another first step in providing healthier options to customers, Raley’s eliminated tobacco in 2015. For more information, visit www.raleys.com.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking information to aid in the identification and apprehension of an individual suspected of robbing four banks. The young Caucasian male is suspected of the following robberies:
The suspect—believed to be in his 20s or 30s—has blonde hair and stands 5’8”-5’10” tall with a large build. He has made an effort to conceal his face by affixing bandages to his nose, chin, and other areas of his face and arms. During the commission of the robberies, the man approached the tellers and either presented a demand note or made a verbal demand for cash while threatening that he had a weapon. After receiving undisclosed amounts of money, the subject fled the locations on foot. Photos of the suspect are available on the FBI’s Wanted Bank Robber website: https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov/robbers-container/2016-07-15.6450756429.
The robberies are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, and Folsom Police Department.
Individuals with information about this man may call their local FBI office or 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-885-5984). Tips may also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov. If the subject is spotted in the community, the public is urged to call 911 and not approach the individual. For more information about individuals wanted for bank robberies in your area, please visit https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov
After a storied, 45-year career of delivering books to the community, the beloved Placer County Bookmobile is driving off to a well-deserved retirement. A new mobile library is coming this fall, bringing the same excellent service to the community with a few exciting bonus features.
The community is invited to bid a fond farewell to the Bookmobile and catch a performance of Wild Things, a live animal show, as part of the Placer County Library summer reading program, July 25, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Auburn Recreation Park. This will be the last opportunity to walk through and even check out a book or two from the Bookmobile before it ends its service. Materials checked from the Bookmobile can be returned by their due date to any library in the Placer County library system.
While Bookmobile fans wait for the new mobile library to hit the road, e-book and audiobook titles are available for download at www.placer.ca.gov/library.
The Bookmobile was established in 1970 to provide library services to rural areas of the county and residents who could not easily reach brick and mortar libraries, such as those living in convalescent homes. Since then, the Bookmobile has traveled over 300,000 miles, loaning books, magazines, paperbacks and books on CD, filling requests for specific titles for library users of all ages.
County staff are preparing to roll out a new mobile library this fall, thanks in-part to a $20,000 grant from the Air Pollution Control District to the Placer County Department of Public Works and Facilities.
A lot has changed in 45 years, so the new mobile library is getting a couple of new upgrades to keep up with the times. The mobile library will be a Wi-Fi hotspot, offering the community access to the internet with on-board mobile devices patrons can use. It will be powered by a clean diesel engine, helping reduce its carbon footprint on the environment.
Apart from the upgrades, much about the mobile library will be the same. In fact, materials from the Bookmobile will be transitioned to the mobile library.
The mobile library will also have a new regular weekly stop in Meadow Vista, located in front of the Community Center at 1109 Meadow Vista Road.
The Placer County Library is currently recruiting for a new driver to partner with the mobile library. The library assistant position duties include selecting materials for the mobile library collection relative to the needs of customers at each stop, implementing library programs, providing customer service, vehicle maintenance and more. Since the new mobile library is lighter and smaller, it only requires a class c driver license. Visit the Placer County mobile library website for more information.
Placer County is developing a new approach to addiction treatment that treats addiction as a disease, and coordinates addiction services across county departments to provide consistent care in support of recovery.
More than 200 Placer County staff and community health providers gathered July 20 in Rocklin for a workshop on this approach substance use services training from world-renowned addiction specialist Dr. David Mee-Lee.
Mee-Lee, one of the founders of the most highly regarded approach to substance use care, presented an approach he helped design, described in the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s book, “The ASAM Criteria - Treatment for Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions.”
Because substance use challenges are addressed by a number of county departments, ranging from law enforcement to public health to the courts, the county is taking a system-wide approach so departments can have a common language and practice for assessing, treatment planning, care coordination and determining the appropriate level of care for low-income people with substance use issues.
“It’s exciting that Placer County is really looking at a new organized delivery system that ensures a good continuum of care for people with addiction,” said Mee-Lee. “This program will increase access to care as well as use resources efficiently to get outcomes we all want.”
Mee-Lee aims to help county staff and community health providers better understand the ASAM approach to assessment and treatment planning and how to implement this new approach within Placer County.
“This is a great opportunity to change Placer County’s substance use service system into an organized delivery system,” said Maureen Bauman, director of Placer County Adult System of Care. “This pilot program will give us all the same perspective, common language and terms which is critical as we serve the people we share in our systems.”
The workshop included three learning objectives: reviewing ASAM underlying principles and concepts; applying ASAM criteria multidimensional assessment, treatment planning and care management; and discussing program and systems changes necessary to implement the spirit and content of the ASAM criteria.
In August 2015, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved a waiver that authorizes California to test a new paradigm for the organized delivery of health care services for Medicaid-eligible individuals with a substance use disorder. County staff plans to submit their plan of an organized delivery system for substance use services to the state later this year and anticipates approval sometime in 2017.
A cornerstone project that is transforming the North Lake Tahoe community of Kings Beach’s downtown has been given a prestigious national award by the American Public Works Association. The first phase of Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project is nearing completion after three years of construction and after more than a decade of planning.
The nationwide association this month announced that the project earned the Public Works Project of the Year in the transportation category for projects costing between $5 million and $25 million. In awarding the project the association also noted the project progressed on time, despite the shortened construction season and with crews having to deal with inclement weather throughout the building season.
“A few years ago, the main drag through Kings Beach had no sidewalks or bike lanes, a single crossing across State Route 28 where pedestrians were too often struck by vehicles, and no amenities that would encourage people to get out of their cars and walk,” said Public Works and Facilities Director Ken Grehm. “There are many people who have been a part of this project over the years who should feel proud for this peer recognition. Despite the obstacles inherent to building in the Tahoe Basin, staff has persevered and the area is greatly improved.”
The focus of the project is threefold: stormwater improvements, aesthetic improvements and making the community more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.
Extensive stormwater collection, conveyance and treatment features were installed as part of the project. Prior to construction, runoff, with its nutrient-laden dirt, would flow unchecked into Lake Tahoe. The reduced clarity of the lake can be directly attributed to runoff. The project added gutters, drains, collection basins and treatment structures that will significantly reduce the runoff into the lake in Kings Beach.
The shoreline at Kings Beach is one of the most beautiful around Lake Tahoe’s 77-mile perimeter. However, prior to project construction, the area was missing basic amenities. There were no sidewalks, curbs and gutters, landscaping, crosswalks or other features to encourage the public to get out of their cars and walk. Additionally, the four-lane highway through the community did little to encourage slow and safe vehicular traffic. The aesthetics of the high mountain beauty was lost. Now with the highway being a three-lane thoroughfare with roundabouts, traffic has slowed and the views are more readily seen.
The current status of the corridor as it runs through Kings Beach now has sidewalks and bicycle lanes and pedestrian features such as benches, trash receptacles, lighting, public transit pullouts and crosswalks. In addition, there is an ADA-accessible path of travel on both sides of the highway. Reconfiguring of the highway into a three-lane highway with roundabouts has slowed traffic and improved safety to cyclists and pedestrians alike. Three public parking lots have been built, improving off-street parking.
The project was recognized for the collaborative efforts between the county’s public works department, contractors and consultants. The award will be presented at the association’s annual meeting in August.
The Placer County Department of Health and Human Services is in the process of working with county medical clinic staff on a seamless transition of county-operated medical and dental clinics to a private service provider.
On July 12, the county board of supervisors unanimously approved the transition of county-operated medical and dental clinic patients in Auburn and Tahoe to Western Sierra Medical Services.
The medical clinics in Auburn and Kings Beach, which offer primary care, immunizations, behavioral, and dental services (Kings Beach only), will continue to operate as usual as county staff further develops a plan to transition patients to Western Sierra, or a provider of their choice later, this year.
The transition plan will be a joint effort with Western Sierra, managed care plans (Anthem Blue Cross and California Health and Wellness), and clinic leadership. Patients will be notified by their managed care plans of their transition to a new provider.
“It is most important that patients continue receiving the high quality of care they deserve,” said District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. “I will be very focused on this transition as it moves forward."
Western Sierra will provide patients with a wide range of services not available at county-operated clinics such as access to pediatricians, an in-house pain medicine and addiction medicine specialist, maternity health unit, obstetrics and gynecology, certified nurse midwife, in-house pharmacy services, a nutritionist, medication-assisted treatment of opioid dependence and expanded immunization clinic hours.
While medical services will transition from the county-operated clinic in Auburn to a new Western Sierra facility also located in Auburn, medical and dental services in Kings Beach will remain in the same location.
“We are committed to smooth transition of care for our patients,” said Dr. Robert Oldham, Placer County Public Health Officer. “One way for that is for many of our doctors and nurses to move with their patients to Western Sierra."
Despite providing excellent medical services, the county is operating medical clinics at a loss. In a presentation to the board, county staff explained that over the last five years the county has averaged an investment of over $4 million of county general funds to offset operating losses. Transition of the medical clinics will bring a cost savings of approximately $3.6 million to county taxpayers per year.
The county has determined it will be able to absorb all administrative and most nursing positions into vacant positions in the department affected by the transition. In addition, Western Sierra seeks to employee all medical staff and relevant support staff who might otherwise be displaced.
“We value our team members and their dedication to providing excellence in public health care that is second to none,” said Maureen Bauman, director of Placer County’s Adult System of Care. “We are committed to helping our staff through this transition period.”
Tomorrow in Rocklin, world-leading addiction specialist Dr. David Mee-Lee will train more than 200 Placer County staff and community health providers on treating addiction.
“The problems of addiction touch a huge span of services the county provides, from law enforcement to public health to the courts, not to mention so many of our community members’ lives,” said Maureen Bauman, director of Placer County Adult System of Care. “We’re focused on a consistent approach to combating addiction in everything we do, and this will be a tremendous help in making sure we’re all working with the same leading-edge understanding of what addiction is and how best to address it.”
Mee-Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, with previous academic appointments including clinical affiliations in the Departments of Psychiatry at Harvard University, the University of Hawaii and the University of California, Davis. He has over 30 years of experience in person-centered treatment and program development for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions.
The seminar is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 20 at the Rocklin Event Center, 2650 Sunset Boulevard. Members of the media are invited to attend the seminar, and Bauman and Mee-Lee will be available for interviews immediately following.
For the third consecutive year the Greater Sacramento Softball Association (GSSA) and Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) are hosting a major youth event, this year it is the ASA/USA 14u Class A Girls Fastpitch Western National Championship. This week long event will take place July 25-31 at Maidu Park in Roseville and Fosket Park in Lincoln.
"In somewhat of a surprise move the ASA National Office in Oklahoma City moved the 2016 ASA/USA 14u Fastpitch Western Nationals from Colorado to Roseville as this was supposed to be a quiet National Championship year for our organizing committee," explained Jeff Dubchansky, Commissioner of GSSA.
This move was largely due to the many previous successes the region has had in hosting ASA National Championship events and the strong support GSSA receives from PVT added Dubchansky.
The geographic regions for this championship is made up of three ASA territories and will bring teams from all over California as well as many out-of-state teams from Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Nevada The teams competing must be registered as "A" teams and participate in their local ASA Association Championships in order to be eligible for this championship.
GSSA will kick off the event with an incredible Opening Ceremonies at Maidu Park on Monday, July 25 where all the teams will gather for a day of fun activities that include carnival games, parade of teams, costume contests, guest speakers and more.
About Placer Valley Tourism
Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit www.playplacer.com or call 916-773-5400.
After three years of tireless advocacy, the healthy food incentive program Market Match got a boost yesterday as Governor Jerry Brown approved a state budget that includes $5 million for the California Nutrition Incentives Act. The Act is modeled after Market Match, which is increasing access to fresh produce among Californians who are struggling to feed their families, while giving an economic boost to the state’s embattled farm communities.
The $5 million in state funds will attract federal matching dollars through the USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program (FINI) and double the impact of the state’s investment.
A broad coalition of over 200 non-profit organizations and individuals including Roots of Change, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, American Heart Association, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Hunger Action Los Angeles and the Ecology Center, which administers Market Match statewide, worked over a three-year period to secure the funding. In 2014, the coalition’s first attempt didn’t make it out of the appropriations committee. Last year, the legislature passed the California Nutrition Incentives Act, which Gov. Brown signed, but he then axed the $2.5 million in funding that the legislature proposed for the program.
“With this funding, the state of California has put its money where its mouth is in terms of supporting healthy eating for low-income families,” says Ecology Center Executive Director Martin Bourque. “The demand for Market Match has consistently outstripped the supply of funds. The additional $5 million will allow us to expand the program towards our goal of offering Market Match at every farmers’ market in the state,” he said.
Established in 2009, by Roots of Change, Market Match works by providing CalFresh customers with matching funds when they spend their CalFresh benefits (i.e. food stamps) on fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets. So a shopper who spends $10 of CalFresh benefits at the farmers’ market gets an extra $10 to spend on fresh produce. Participants in the program, both small farmers and low-income shoppers, strongly support the program.
Among low-income customers, 70% report that they are buying more fruits and vegetable, and nearly 80% report that their family's health has improved. 81% of farmers report increased sales and 74% report increased income, thanks to Market Match.
Founded in 1969, the Ecology Center is a nonprofit organization located in Berkeley, California that is actively working to create and promote an alternative food system based on the values of environmental protection, justice, and access to healthy, sustainably produced food for all.